Wow! There is no other work that can describe Allure. My husband and I went on Allure-Eastern Caribbean on March 4, 2012. There was a total of 13 of us. We got married in St. Thomas while we were on this cruise. The ship was perfect for everyone. First time cruisers and experienced cruisers. This was my 17th cruise and what a wonderful ship and experience.
One of the best things about this ship is you don't wait for anything. Embarkation/debarkation were EXCELLENT. Like everyone says--you walk right on and right off. This is the same in all THREE ports (at least for Eastern caribbean). It really is impressive how they get so many people on and off and the fact you never wait. It really is the most uncrowded ship you'll ever be on. I don't know how they do it but it was extremely impressive! You would never beleive there was over 6,000 ppl on the ship.
The staff was extremely helpful and friendly the whole time. The signage is excellent around the ship. From the touch screen monitors to see the agenda for the day, to the menus for the dining room, to the restroom locator, everything was very user friendly. Ship since it is so new was obviously in tip top shape. The ship has a smoking/nonsmoking side which is great. This way you are completely separated from smokers if you don't like being around smoke. Pool area didn't fill up as fast as it does on Carnival. We easily were able to find chairs near each other around 9/9:30am on at sea days (about 10 of us each day). Ship was very easy to get around and navigate. You never had to experience the "you can't get through on this level but if you go up two floors, across, down and back then you're fine" which is common on carnival ships with their kitchen for the dining room.
Stateroom (balcony D8) was very spacious for the two of us. Normal size balcony.
Food was decent, about the same as any other cruise ship. However they did not have a deli (like carnival does) or a sushi bar (well they did but it was a nicer restaurant you had to pay for) no sushi (from what i found) was available in the windjammer. Windjammer does get VERY crowded. However there weren't ever lines for food (since it's stations not just one giant line) just hard to find a table at busy times. Fruit quality was excellent as well as their variety. Dining room staff was top notch. The only place where they charge you extra that I went to was Starbucks and the Cupcake Cupboard which were both great. Did room service twice. Food came on time (preordered breakfast) and was correct. No problems there.
Gym and nice. Never crowded and very clean. Never felt closed in like some cruise gyms feel. The jogging track was in an EXCELLENT location. Went around the whole outside of the ship on Deck 5 (I believe it was deck 5...). Also had a spot from the jogging track that lead right into the gym. Very convenient and easy to access.
The way they organize the photos for you on the ship is so convenient. I won't say any more about it, you'll just have to check it out for yourself :)
RCCL basically took all the good and bad feedback from previous cruises to design this ship. If you haven't been on Allure it is a MUST. Activities for all ages and interests.